Review: X-Men Apocalypse

X-Men Apocalypse.

I swore I wouldn’t write a review for the film. Primarily because any review I penned would pale in comparison to the excellent piece penned by my buddy and fellow N.O.C. colleague, Valerie Complex.

Seriously if you haven’t read it, go do so now. Val snatched so many wigs and edges, you would’ve thought Director Bryan Singer and Fox were members of the Charles Xavier Cosplay Appreciation Society.

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Art Imitating Life

The following events are true. The following events are not a joke. I really wish the following events were a punchline and not a sad reflection of our culture. You’ll see what I mean.

So in honor of tonight’s season finale of the Coulson/May Power Hour (known to some of you as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), I thought I’d do a special edition Throwback Tuesday.

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Kickstarter Secrets With Greg Pak

Recently Fearless Leader (known to some of you as Keith Chow), informed the N.O.C. collective that legendary comic book writer Greg Pak had a new Kickstarter campaign and wanted to see if anyone would be interested in interviewing him.

My response to Fearless Leader:

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I’ve been a fan of Pak’s work for many years. From Amadeus Cho, Action Comics, Extreme X-Men, Storm (the most epic epic of an epic epic), to his new Dark Horse series Kingsway West, Pak’s bibliography reads like the fantasy pull list of any self respecting comic book nerd.

In addition to being one of the most talented writers in the game, Pak is also an award winning film director and has previously set two all-time Kickstarter campaign records with his books Code Monkey Save World and The Princess Who Saved Herself.

Recently I had the privilege to chat with Pak and discuss everything from the comic book landscape and his current Kickstarter campaign for his new book, Kickstarter Secrets: Crowdfunding Tips.

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Anti-Blackness, Thy Name Is Facebook

Midnighter Mode in 3…..2…..1…….

The fight for equal rights continues to hit a fever pitch. Trans people are fighting for basic human decency, my Asian siblings continue to be #WhiteWashedOUT of their own culture. My fellow Wakandans are fighting for their lives and reminding the planet that #BlackLivesMatter.

One of the key battlegrounds has been on social media. PoCs are getting in formation and speaking their truth and embracing their power.

However, they may find themselves on hostile ground when it comes to social media, specifically Facebook.
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Venturing Into The Badlands

One of my favorite television series on the air right now is Into The Badlands.

The noirish dystopian Wuxia drama is the perfect blend of action, mystery and mysticism that keeps my eyes glued to the flatscreen.

As is the case with all things PoC excellence, Into The Badlands has caught its share of hate from racist white fandom.  I’m not talking about legit criticisms but nitpicking and feeble excuses that are never made for legions of lesser white shows.

Needless to say I’m not having it.

When the shade is thrown, I’m honor bound to make the haters day a “Sunny” one.

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A Non Spoiler Review of Captain America: Civil War

If the first two Captain America films are any indication, I’ve learned not to watch them with any expectations good or bad.

Like most of the Marvel Phase One films, I found First Avenger to be a yawn and filler for the payoff that was the first Avengers movie.

Winter Soldier blindsided me and years later I’m still trying to process how amazing that film is.

As much as I love Winter Soldier (it along with Avengers and Age of Ultron rank as my favorite Marvel flicks), and even though I knew I would finally get the Black Panther in this film, I still watched with no expectation.

The verdict: By no mean is it the worst Marvel film by any stretch. It was brilliant in some parts and a mess in others. Better than First Avenger but a major letdown from Winter Soldier. I kept checking my watch so many times, one would’ve thought my name was William Tockman.

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Coming Soon: Dr. Beyond and the Agents of ABOVE

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If ever there were a family of real life superheroes, it would be the Pogue Clan. Their story an inspirational one, I’ve been proud to call these four friends (family rather) for many years.

So when Patriarch Paul F.P. Pogue informed me had a new web series in development, suffice it to say I was stoked and had to learn more about Dr. Beyond and the Agents of ABOVE.

You readers are in for a real treat. Today Paul and I discuss his new project, all things eighties, casting an Asian lead, whitewashing in Hollywood and why diversity and multiculturalism should be a priority for everyone.

Upkins: Paul, thank you so much for taking time out of your schedule for this sitdown. For the readers at large, introduce yourself.

Pogue: Paul Francis Patrick Pogue, writer/photographer, father of two, longtime Indianapolis journalist, veteran online comics and pop culture commentator and general all-around online loud mouth and big talker. Most recently, writer/director of the “Dr. Beyond and the Agents of ABOVE” project, which has a teaser trailer/opening credits sequence up at



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